Last month, Judah Mallette had the opportunity to play football in Iowa. The Hawkeyes have extended a preferred offer to Chicago receiver Hope College Prep.
Maybe a scholarship offer will come later. Maybe not. Either way, Iowa could be his destination based on shared goals.
“I think I would fit in well with the program because I do whatever is asked of me, and I’m with what’s best for the team,” he told HN. “It’s something that makes Iowa an elite program, the fact that everyone is selfless and puts the team first.”
Mallette (6-2, 185) visited Iowa in March and camped with the program last month. He received an idea for the program and connected with receivers coach Kelton Copeland.
“During my two visits to Iowa City, I learned how the program works from the inside, and I really like how they treated me like I was on the team. I also loved how they kept it real about what it’s like to be a Hawkeye especially with Coach Copeland he told me exactly what it would be like as a receiver in the program and he was all in honest fact,” Mallette said.
Hawkeye’s trainers have shared how they feel about him.
“They like my ability to get the ball, anything thrown at me I’m going to catch it. And they like my competitiveness. If someone thinks they’re better than me, they have to prove it. They also love my leadership and character, and the fact that I work hard to achieve my goals,” he said.
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It’s been a busy summer for Mallette as he searches for a dorm.
“I’ve been camping at all the other schools that are about to offer me. These are Wisconsin, Northwest, Illinois, Air Force and Minnesota later this month- ci Notre Dame also has great interest but I got covetous just before I was supposed to go there Other schools like Nebraska, Missouri, Louisville are interested but I didn’t go camp with them,” he said.
Iowa is not known as receiver friendly. Mallette sees the positive.
“I think the Iowa offense is basically sound and knows how to get the job done. That’s what it’s all about. They don’t care about flashy stuff and putting people in the spotlight. It’s about putting points on the board,” he said.
Mallette wants to specialize in sports management, business or marketing. He is also interested in real estate. He reports a 3.9 GPA.
“Hopefully I can make my decision at the end of the summer,” he said.
As a junior, Mallette caught 42 passes for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns. He totaled 34 tackles with six pass breakups and two interceptions, including a Pick-6, as a cornerback.
You can see Mallette’s junior highlights HERE.